About Jerald Smith

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Let’s save Hales Franciscan

I’m not just a legislator; I’m a Hyde Park resident and – most importantly – a father. Like any father, I’m deeply worried about the recent rash of gun violence in my neighborhood. At times in the past two months, gunfire has even been exchanged across from my house, along paths my own kids walk(…)

Hyde Park rapidly gentrifying

To the Editor:  I did not know that I lived in one of the hottest, hippest, most quickly gentrifying neighborhoods of the city.  I thought that I lived in a solid, pleasant (if a bit stodgy) middle-class part of town.But Joseph Berrios, the Assessor,  corrected my misperceptions by upping  the market value of my house by over 36%(…)

Representative Mitchell is no union champion

To the Editor: Union workers are our neighbors, family members and our community stakeholders that contribute to the economic viability of our neighborhoods, which is why I was deeply honored that a strong coalition of union members and community organizations supported my initial run for public office. After taking two unconstitutional votes to slash the(…)

Academic enrichment  program opens third location in Hyde Park

Academic enrichment program opens third location in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Through an academic enrichment program, students from across the South Side are getting excited about learning and challenging themselves in their education. High Jump is an academic enrichment program, and its third location is in Hyde Park at the University of Chicago Lab School, 1362 E. 59th St., Lab Campus(…)

Hyde Park trees need care

Hyde Park trees need care

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park is known for its lush landscaping and towering trees that seem to be a nature lovers’ oasis in a city that is made up of concrete and metal, but recent events have caused ash trees to disappear in alarming numbers. Since the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle(…)

Margaret Scott Meyer, 92

Margaret Scott Meyer, 92

On August 24, 2015, in the University of Virginia Hospital, Margaret Scott Meyer, 92, passed into a realm where she is no doubt enjoying all she said she wanted from the afterlife: “Veuve Cliquot champagne, St. André cheese, and dark chocolate.” Born in 1923 in Seattle, Washington, she was the daughter of Bert J. Scott,(…)

Local stars in Richard Pryor play

Local stars in Richard Pryor play

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer “Unspeakable,” A play illustrating the life and career of comedy legend Richard Pryor, is making its Chicago debut, Oct. 6, at Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St. Hyde Park resident and actress Ginneh Thomas holds several different roles in the play, the most prominent being the(…)

Kenwood Broncos dominate 41-0 in conference match

Kenwood Broncos dominate 41-0 in conference match

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer On a cold Friday night at Eckersall Stadium, the Kenwood Broncos (4-2,4-0) hosted conference foes South Shore Academy in a game featuring several of the State of Illinois’ (IHSA) top recruits of the 2015-16 season. “It was their homecoming night,” said Jack Ramsey, new head varsity football coach for Kenwood(…)

Author Khalil Gibran Muhammad to speak at DuSable

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Noted author and South Side native Khalil Gibran Muhammad will lecture and field questions this Thursday, Oct. 8, at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl. Muhammad is the director of the Shomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, which is located in Harlem, N.Y., and(…)

Hyde Park to take over the Hancock

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers get a special day this week at the John Hancock building downtown for Thursday night’s Hyde Park Night. From 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Oct. 8, a celebration of Hyde Park will take place at the 360 Chicago Observation Deck on the 94th floor of the John(…)

Hyde Park Actor receives award

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Allen Gilmore is the recipient of a $25,000 unrestricted grant, awarded by 3Arts, an organization supporting local artists-especially women artists, artists of color and artists with disabilities. As part of its 8th annual 3Arts Awards, the organization is awarding 10 Chicago artists, with an emphasis in teaching,(…)

Students explore Hyde Park through scavenger hunt

Students explore Hyde Park through scavenger hunt

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer University of Chicago (U. of C.) students will get a lesson in localizing themselves to their new neighborhood with the Hyde Park Hunt. From Oct. 5 until Friday, Oct. 9 first-year students at U. of C. are invited to partake in a scavenger hunt competition to familiarize themselves with the(…)

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to return to Chicago after resignation

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to return to Chicago after resignation

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer U.S. Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, announced his resignation from his cabinet position. The Hyde Park native plans to return to Chicago when he steps down in December, according The White House communications department. Prior to his national appointment as secretary of education, Duncan was the Chief Executive Officer of Chicago(…)

Local art exhibit explores color and movement

Local art exhibit explores color and movement

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ginger Mance, a lawyer, author and now artist, has been chosen as artist of the month for October at The Great Frame Up, 1418 E. 53rd St. From Oct. 1 – 31, Mance’s work, compiled into an exhibit titled “Chakra Art, Dance of the Soul,” will be on display at(…)

Fire blazes in Kenwood

Fire blazes in Kenwood

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer One hundred and thirty firefighters and paramedics battled a fire in the 4800 block of S. Kimbark Avenue. on Thursday morning. The blaze was only one house removed from a set location of the NBC medical drama Chicago MED, which at the time of the fire was filming a scene.(…)

OWL meeting this Saturday

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Older Women’s League (OWL) of Hyde Park will hold its monthly meeting this Saturday on Oct. 3. The meeting, which will be held at 1 p.m. in the Community Room in Treasure Island, 1526 E. 55th St., will focus how to lower utility bills. Speaker Jeff Chilsen, Communications Director(…)

Crosswalks project displays at Hyde Park Art Center

Crosswalks project displays at Hyde Park Art Center

By ALLISON MATYUS A local art project that crossed generations will be on display at the Hyde Park Art Center. From Oct. 9-11, “Crosswalks” will be exhibited at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Students from various public schools in Chicago and senior residents from Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Dr., worked(…)

U. of C. creates institute focused on global conflicts

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A $100 million donation from the Pearson Family Foundation has allowed the the University of Chicago (U. of C.)to open a new research institute and global forum focused on addressing today’s new era of global conflicts. The Pearsons are business entrepreneurs, investors and philanthropists. Their gift matches the second largest(…)

Lunch with heart at hashtag event

Lunch with heart at hashtag event

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A humanity service movement has made Hyde Park its permanent home for its monthly workshops at The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. #HashtagLunchbag started out as a small community service effort in California that took social media by storm when people used the hashtag, “#HashtagLunchbag” in their social media(…)

Jackson Park lagoon thriving

Jackson Park lagoon thriving

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Last winter, as part of the $5-$10 million federally funded project to restore Jackson Park’s native habitats, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) poisoned the Jackson Park lagoon for the purpose of killing its invasive species of fish. Rotenone, a naturally occurring, plant-derived insecticide, was used to eliminate the(…)